Michelle ForakerLMHC, LPC

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Availability

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What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

What excites me about the evolving mental health landscape is that more people will have access to mental health support. “Virtual” counseling has been part of the mental health field conversation for almost 10 years. Personally, I voiced my displeasure and disbelief that “virtual” counseling would be beneficial and effective when the discussion began so many years ago. Even when I started experimenting with virtual counseling in 2017 at the request of a couple of clients that were moving out of the area, I remained skeptical. Within a very short period of time, my thinking took a 180 degree turn. I have been solely virtual for 2 years and the experience for me and, more importantly, my clients; has been highly successful. Having increased access to a supportive, nonjudgmental, encouraging mental health counselor can and will have a huge, positive impact on our society and that is exciting.

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

A key component of the therapeutic relationship is confidentiality. The relationship is a collaborative process. It’s a conversation about you and your life. We discuss your feelings, hopes, and dreams. Your role is to talk about what is important to you in as honest and open way as possible. As your therapist, it is my responsibility to effectively listen and assist with identifying unhealthy patterns. Then, we work together to find solutions using your inner strengths. I will encourage you on your journey and provide a safe place to process your successes as well as your challenges. Knowing that what we discuss is totally confidential is what makes the therapeutic relationship unique and reliable.

If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

When I was in high school I read the book, "Reality Therapy" by William Glasser. I already knew the path I was on; however, this book hit home for how I wanted to work with people by being real, open, and genuine. Dr. Glasser discussed working with individuals with schizophrenia and how he believed that change was possible. I believe that we have the ability and capability to make positive changes in our lives everyday.

Specialties

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

Anger management

Life coaching

General Expertise

Depression

Loss/Grief

Communication issues

Divorce & separation

Life transitions

Spirituality & religion based issues

Stress

Women's issues

Fees

$250

First Session

$200

Couples Therapy

$80

Group Therapy

$170

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Group Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Coaching

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Positive Psychology

Reality Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

NA

Licensure

FL, LMHC, MH7843

GA, LPC, LPC011041

Education

Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Work History

From a young age, I knew that my strengths would be used in helping others as a counselor/coach. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, became a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology, and obtained my Florida license as a mental health counselor in 2001. In 2019, I also obtained my Georgia license as a professional counselor. During my undergraduate schooling, I worked in hospitality and retail, including clothing and banking, for 10 year most of which was in management until I was able to start my "career" path in the human services field in 1999. Since then, I have worked with countless individuals from a variety of backgrounds. In 2005, I started a private practice. The graduate programs I attended didn't teach us how to be business owners and all I had to rely on was my very minimal exposure during the Business classes I took during my undergraduate schooling. So, I learned most things the hard way and now have a wealth of knowledge that I enjoy sharing with others (if/when asked) in an effort to assist in your personal and professional journey. Personally, I have experienced countless ups and downs just like most people and even though I have all the above mentioned "formal" education, I am on this journey called life just like you. Going through the graduate programs, it was taught that we were not to disclose personal information about our lives, experiences, and/or struggles and we were taught multiple ways to deflect. After about 5 years in private practice, I decreased my deflections and began sharing with my clients when they asked. It shocked me for awhile when my clients would respond, "Oh My Gosh, you are a real person, too." LITERALLY. I'm sharing that now to let you know that when we interact, you will receive honest, genuine encouragement and support. I'm not here to tell you what to do or how to do it. I'm here to give you a nonjudgmental, SAFE place to explore how to navigate your journey in the way that you determine best fits you. I will provide options and additional insights and you choose what works for you.

Location

NA, Port St. Lucie, 34952, FL